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Lake Jericho!
Lake Jericho Recreational Camping Area
1317 Lake Access Rd.
Smithfield, Ky  40068

502 743-5205


Lake Jericho is a 137 acre lake located in Henry County, Kentucky and is operated by The Little Kentucky River Watershed Conservancy District.   It opened for business on July 25, 1969.  A daily admission fee is charged to anyone on the property.  This fee, in combination with camping, boating fees, etc. is used to maintain and operate the park. (SEE RATES BELOW)

The park area is open daylight hours and has lots of bank fishing area as well as picnic tables and grills.  Two shelters with restrooms are available on a first-come basis and shelters may be reserved for family reunions, company picnics, church outings, etc. (Call for reservations.)

Camping is available on a first come basis also.  The camping season is April through October and campsites may be rented nightly, weekly or monthly.  There are 62 RV sites with electric and water.   Approximately half of the sites have sewer hook-ups and a dumping station is also available.  Many tent sites are located in the center of the campground.

We have a small store on the ground to purchase ICE, BAIT, or SNACKS.  Please respect nature and dispose of wrappers and other trash appropriately.

All boats put on the lake must pay a launch fee ($4.00).   The is no size limit on boats, but the entire lake has a NO WAKE SPEED--which is strictly enforced.  Rental boats are 14' jon boats with oars and may be rented daylight hours only.  If you have your own motor, you may use it on a rental boat. If you do not have your own life preservers, they may be rented from us.  Senior Citizens may rent boats for 1/2 price on weekdays.

(The depth ranges from 10 to 40 feet,
with the lake being the deepest toward the dam.)

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More photos from Lake Jericho...

All fishermen MUST have a Kentucky State Fishing License.  Fishing is allowed with rod and reel only.  Common fish species caught are largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish.  State regulations are enforced. Licenses can be obtained at sporting goods stores such as Wal*Mart and Cabela's.

Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.
Rowdy and disorderly conduct will not be tolerated!!

(as of MaY 2023)

Open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week

Our season is from April 1st to November 1st. The campground closes November 1st, however if weather is nice, we are open for daytime fishing. If you have any other questions, you can reach us at the Lake Jericho Ticket Office at (502) 743-5205.

We also have a yearly membership (for daytime use only) that covers a husband and wife, their own children under the age of 16 and launch fee for 1 boat.

Annual Membership
Henry & Trimble Counties $60.00
All Others $70.00
Daily Admission
Under age 6 FREE
Ages 6-11 $1.00
12-Adult $3.50

The only way to be here after dark is to pay the camping fee and be in the campground area.

All entries MUST BE BEFORE DARK, after dark the gates are closed.


Nightly Weekly Monthly
With Water and Electric: $34.00 $190.00 $460.00
With Water, Electric & Sewer: $34.00 $190.00 $510.00

These camping rates cover 2 adults and any children under the age of 12, with a limit of 6 people per campsite.

Primitive Sites: Please call for availability



Nightly Weekly
$24.00 $145.00


Launch Fee: $5.00
Rentals (Daytime use only) $25.00
(Seniors 65 or older weekdays only) $12.50
Life Preservers (Required) $1.00 (If you don't have your own)

Weekday Special Senior Citizen Rate: Boat Rental 1/2 price

If you have your own boat, you can be out on the lake at night time.

For further information call 502 743-5205

Little Kentucky River Watershed
Conservancy District Board
(Overseers of Lake Jericho)

In the late 1950's, recurring flooding damaged thousands of acres of cropland in Henry and Trimble Counties.  The town of Sulphur was underwater and many homes were lost.  The Henry and Trimble County Conservation Districts worked with the Fiscal Courts in each county and the Soil Conservation Service to develop a project that would protect residents in this watershed from future damage.  A board of directors was formed from landowners within the watershed to oversee the activities.

Little Kentucky River
Watershed Conservancy District Board of Directors

Chairman, John C. Foree Jr.
Vice-Chairman, John Ellegood
Secretary/Treasurer, Roger Taylor, Jr.
Members: Paul Baxter
Thomas Webb
Kenneth Taylor
John Ellegood
Bobby Draque
Lake Jericho Manager, Larry Ramsey

Under SCS's PL-566 program, five flood retarding structures were installed throughout the watershed for a cost of $1.7 million.  One of those structures, Lake Jericho, was also designed as a recreation area.  The largest of the five lakes, Lake Jericho covers 136 surface acres and is open year round for fishing, camping, picnicking, etc.   Around 40,000 people visit Lake Jericho annually, which produces close to $100,000 revenue each year.  The recreation area has a full-time manager who is supervised by the watershed board.  In addition to the income from Lake Jericho receipts, the Conservancy District receives revenue from a mileage tax imposed on land within the watershed that helps operate and maintain all five structures.

The Little Kentucky River Watershed Conservancy District is comprised of 8 members, 5 from Henry County and 3 from Trimble County.  The board is a sub-district of the local county conservation districts.  The Little Kentucky River Watershed Board of Directors meets monthly to review activities occurring within the watershed.  All meetings are open to the public.



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